Daniel Sturridge set to start for Liverpool FC in Merseyside derby

Sturridge has made two substitute appearances since return from injury

Daniel Sturridge set to start for Liverpool FC in Merseyside derby

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February 6th, 2015

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Daniel Sturridge took little time to make an impact after coming off the bench against West Ham United last weekend and the England forward looks set to enjoy his first start on Saturday.

Sturridge formed a lethal strike partnership with Luis Suarez last season although injury has prevented him from featuring much this term, with Brendan Rodgers keen to integrate him slowly into the first team.

However, the Liverpool manager is clearly tempted to field Sturridge from the start in the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park, with the Reds hoping to continue their recent good form and work their way back into the Premier League top four.

Rodgers said: “It is about liaising with Daniel and the medical team in terms of the risk but he is not far away from starting now, he is really champing at the bit. We will analyse things over the coming days.

“We want to make sure he is going to be available now for the rest of the season. If the timing is not quite right it can damage us and hurt us, but his appetite to play is there which is great. I need to speak with my staff and Daniel and make a decision. It is difficult because these are games that we want to win, they are not fitness games. We want to win football matches so it is hard if someone only needs 30 or 45 minutes. But he is not far away from starting.”

“They are both very important games in different ways,” he said. “It is a local derby and you want to win those. That is the only concentration but of course we want to win on Tuesday as well. If Daniel wasn’t to start at Everton then he would be in with a great chance to start against Tottenham.”

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